Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany through its Telekom Deutschland subsidiary, has begun tests of 5G in Dusseldorf, Halle/Saale and Ingolstadt. The test network utilises frequencies in the 2100MHz band and comprises 54 antennas in Dusseldorf, covering the inner city area and the Derendorf district, twelve in Ingolstadt (increasing to 51 in the next few days) and 28 antennas in the eastern industrial area of Halle/Saale. In total, TD plans to switch on over 40,000 5G antennas in the 2100MHz band this year, benefiting more than half of the German population. The firm is using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), which enables the parallel operation of both LTE and 5G in one frequency band.
TD’s currently operates a 5G network in the 3.6GHz band in the eight cities of Berlin, Bonn, Darmstadt, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Leipzig.